Shandong Airlines enters Indian market

On 11 November Shandong Airlines became the fifth carrier (and fourth from China) to operate a non-stop flight between China and India. The airline’s Kunming to Delhi service will operate four times weekly with two flights originating in Jinan and two in Qingdao.

  • Shandong Airlines has made India its latest international market. The Chinese carrier, which already serves destinations in Cambodia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, now offers four times weekly non-stop flights on the 2,569-kilometre route between Kunming (KMG) and Delhi (DEL). Two of these four flights originate in Jinan (TNA) while the other two originate in Qingdao (TAO). Amazingly this brings to just seven, yes seven, the number of non-stop flights linking an airport in China with an airport in India. These seven routes are operated by five different airlines and involve four airports in China and three airports in India. Part-owned by Air China, Shandong Airlines operates a fleet of over 80 737-800s which will be used to operate these new routes, none of which face direct competition. See how Delhi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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